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National News

Disney Again Faulted Over Disability Access Policy
DisabilityScoop – As dozens of lawsuits are readied for trial, a civil rights commission has found reason to believe that Disney has not adequately accommodated theme park visitors with disabilities.

PBS Kids Show ‘Dinosaur Train’ Puts Spotlight on Autism Acceptance
The Mighty – The hit PBS Kids show “Dinosaur Train,” produced by The Jim Henson Company, is airing back-to-back episodes on April 6 and 7 to promote autism awareness, according to the network.

Legoland Makes Park More Sensory Friendly for People with Autism
Autism Speaks – Legoland Florida Resort is looking to make their park more autism-friendly for our community! Recently Legoland Florida partnered with Autism Speaks to help focus on new initiatives that will make the park more accommodating to everyone who has special needs.

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Research

Why Study What Causes of Autism?
Autism Speaks – This Autism Speaks fellow is exploring the genetic subtypes of autism to guide the development of personalized interventions.

Autism Genes May Be In All Of Us, Researchers Say
DisabilityScoop – Genetic variants responsible for autism exist in varying degrees throughout the population – both in those on the spectrum and among typically-developing individuals – a new study suggests.

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Technology

Autism Glass Takes Top Student Health Tech Prize
Scientific American – A Stanford grad student’s invention uses Google Glass to help autistic children recognize facial and social cues in real time

For Kids with Autism, This Tech Matters
CNET – Both Katie and her teacher look like they’d be right at home in a Pixar film, and at first their conversation seems like it would fit in one too.

Technology Can Enable A New World For People With Autism
Forbes – As the father of a wonderful 11-year-old boy with autism, every day is Autism Awareness Day for us. Much of my time is spent worrying about what career opportunities will be available to him once he reaches adulthood. Will he be able to transition his special abilities into meaningful employment, or will he face a constant struggle for acceptance?

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Teens & Adults

People with Autism Prefer Partners on the Spectrum
Spectrum – Forget the proverb ‘opposites attract:’ A massive Swedish study suggests that men and women who have a psychiatric condition such as autism, schizophrenia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder tend to pair up with people who share their diagnosis1.

California Artist with Autism Uses His Synesthesia to Paint Vivid Portraits
People – ‘I See Beautiful Colors in My Dreams’, Jeremy Sicile-Kira, a 27-year-old artist with autism, has sold dozens of his stunning, colorful portraits to people all over the country.

 

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National News

CDC Finds No Change In Autism Prevalence
CNN – “The number hasn’t changed, but the impact is still great,” said Rice, who previously worked at the CDC. “While this is a hint there may be a slowing of growth and identification of people with autism, it certainly doesn’t yet confirm that we are seeing this leveling out.

Autism Wandering Bill Gets New Look
DisabilityScoop – A revamped approach to federal legislation aimed at addressing the needs of kids with autism and other developmental disabilities who wander is garnering bipartisan support.

Federal Employee Health Program to Boost Autism Benefits
The Washington Post – Federal employee health-care plans will have to cover applied behavior analysis for children on the autism spectrum starting next year, and they are being encouraged to step up the incentives for enrollees to participate in wellness programs.

 

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Research

A Brief History of Autism Research
The Atlantic – The past six months saw the release of two bestselling books about autism: Steve Silberman’s Neurotribes, and John Donvan and Caren Zucker’s In a Different KeyBoth books chronicle the oftentimes dark history of autism while expressing hope for a better future for people with the condition.

Study Finds People with Autism Prefer Partners on the Spectrum
Spectrum – Forget the proverb ‘opposites attract:’ A massive Swedish study suggests that men and women who have a psychiatric condition such as autism, schizophrenia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder tend to pair up with people who share their diagnosis.

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Technology

For Kids with Autism, This Tech Matters
CNET– For these kids, games and cute robots are more than just fun. On World Autism Awareness Day, we look at some of the ways technology is improving the lives of those with the condition.

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Education

Feds Aim To Improve Academics Among Students With Behavior Issues
DisabilityScoop – Federal education officials are taking new steps to address the academic needs of students with disabilities who have significant behavior challenges.

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Teens & Adults

Nonverbal Man With Autism and Synesthesia Set to Host First Solo Art Exhibit
ABC News – Despite what some would call obstacles, a nonverbal San Diego man discovered he had the ability to paint three years ago, and now he’s set to curate his first art exhibit later this month.

When An Autism Diagnosis Comes In Adulthood
NPR – After multiple doctors had conflicted about ADHD, I decided to move away from psychiatry and seek a neuropsychologist. I thought that autism made sense, but what ultimately led me to seek help was my focus problem.

Holly Robinson Peete’s Answer To Son’s Pointed Question, ‘Do I Have Autism Still?’
Huffington Post – Honesty is at the core of each conversation Holly has, and a mother-son chat with RJ himself is no exception.